Thank you all for the wonderful birthday wishes. I had a great night with my family. The kids spent the evening in Grammie’s craft box making me bouquets of flowers, cakes, ice cream and decorative plates. They had so much fun! My dad worked the grill, as the sun finally poked its head out. He made a delicious barbecue chicken with Vidalia onion bbq sauce. It was super juicy and grilled to perfection. The whole evening was perfect – lots of great food, laughter and reminiscence.
But now on to why you came here today. The cake. It’s not fancy and it’s not a batter from scratch, but my goodness if this isn’t the best darn cake out there. Well, maybe there are better ones, but you’ll never convince me otherwise. It’s so moist and so darned full of wonderful pumpkin and spice flavors, and it’s covered in cream cheese frosting!
The preparation is simple. You beat together one package of a two-layer spice cake mix with three eggs, one 15-ounce can of pumpkin and…. wait for it…. one cup of Miracle Whip. Yep. Miracle Whip. Not mayo, Miracle Whip. Sounds awful, I know, but trust me the moisture it lends to this cake is incredible.
The cake bakes for 30-35 minutes at 350F. Once it’s completely cooled you can top it with your favorite cream cheese icing. We use a frosting made with Neufchatel cheese. It’s not a firm icing, but the fact that it drips off the sides just makes every bite of this cake all the more delicious.
We served it with my mom’s gold-colored forks. These have been a favorite of mine since I was a kid. I requested them at each of my birthdays. I thought they were so fancy and elegant – and of course I believed they were real gold. And check-out Mr. N’s decorative plates he made for all of us last night. We actually used them as chargers so that they didn’t get ruined.
I’m assuming you can all guess how many spoons we gave this dish. It was easily a 4 spoon dessert for everyone, except for Miss A who yelled out, “20 spoons!” I think she liked it. I just love this cake and I’m very thankful that my dad has made it for me for the past few years. It’s a new tradition that I plan to enjoy for many more too. (Much better than the old tradition, “Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. You look like a monkey and you act like one too.” Okay, that’s still pretty fun too.) Thank you dad. And thank you too mom. I love you both.
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